Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body -- while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what's going on in your body at the protein level may lead to a new understanding of how cancer happens. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2010, TED, Talks, 2010
In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward -- manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, biology, brain, neurology, science, 2010
At TEDxRotterdam, Bart Weetjens talks about his extraordinary project: training rats to sniff out land mines. He shows clips of his "hero rats" in action, and previews his work's next phase: teaching them to turn up tuberculosis in the lab. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRotterdam 2010, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, technology, war, 2010
Did you know you have functioning neurons in your intestines -- about a hundred million of them? Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, food, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ..." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, politics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, news, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, education, poverty, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, design, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, brain, mind, science, technology, 2010
Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, education, green, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, politics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, marketing, math, physics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London 2010, TED, Talks, design, entertainment, technology, 2010
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, computers, education, math, technology, 2010
Diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler worried first about his young family. So -- as he shares in this funny, rambling and ultimately thoughtful talk -- he asked his closest friends to become a "council of dads," bringing their own lifetimes of wisdom to advise his twin daughters as they grow. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2010, TED, Talks, cancer, community, culture, storytelling, 2010
Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, complexity, design, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
It's been said that when an elder dies, it's as if a library is burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, 2010
TV executive Lauren Zalaznick thinks deeply about pop television. Sharing results of a bold study that tracks attitudes against TV ratings over five decades, she makes a case that television reflects who we truly are -- in ways we might not have expected. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, 2010
Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world -- by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxAmsterdam, TED, Talks, architecture, design, 2010
Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxParis 2010, TED, Talks, book, culture, entertainment, global issues, heroism,...
David Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting -- while keeping each person's vote secret. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, global issues, government, politics, technology, TEDGlobal...
FLA head Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights -- globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? Van Heerden makes the business case for fair labor. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, human origins, law, work, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Civil wars and ethnic conflicts have brought the world incredible suffering, but Stefan Wolff's figures show that, in the last 20 years, their number has steadily decreased. He extracts critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging peace. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, iraq, peace, politics, third world, violence, war, TEDGlobal 2010,...
Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). Preliminary results show that they have found 706 "candidates" -- some of which further research may prove to be planets with Earth-like geochemical characteristics. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, astronomy, biology, life, technology, universe, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, iraq, military, news, politics, technology,...
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxToronto 2010, TED, Talks, book, happiness, life, love, personal growth, psychology,...
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, innovation, novel, science, technology, 2010
We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out rewards that engage the brain and keep us questing for more. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, education, entertainment, gaming, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, TED2010, 2010
Facial surgeon Iain Hutchison works with people whose faces have been severely disfigured. By pushing to improve surgical techniques, he helps to improve their lives; and by commissioning their portraits, he celebrates their humanity. NOTE: This talk contains images of disfigured and badly injured faces that may be disturbing -- and Hutchison provides thoughtful answers as to why a disfigured face can shock us so deeply. Squeamish? Hide your screen from 12:10 - 13:19, but do keep listening.... Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, arts, community, culture, design, medical research, 2010
In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers -- an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving liv Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, community, health, health care, women, 2010
Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, language, news, technology, web, TEDGlobal...
At TEDxRotterdam, world champion whistler Geert Chatrou performs the whimsical "Eleonora" by A. Honhoff, and his own "Fête de la Belle." In a fascinating interlude, he talks about what brought him to the craft. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRotterdam 2010, TED, Talks, entertainment, live music, music, performance, 2010
If you've been in a restaurant kitchen, you've seen how much food, water and energy can be wasted there. Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson shares his very personal vision for drastically reducing restaurant, and supermarket, waste -- creating recycling, composting, sustainable engines for good (and good food). Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, entertainment, food, global issues, sustainability,...
Computer science professor Shimon Schocken is also an avid mountain biker. To share the life lessons he learned while riding, he began an outdoor program with Israel's juvenile inmates and was touched by both their intense difficulties and profound successes. Photographs by Raphael Rabinovitz. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxTelAviv 2010, TED, Talks, children, education, leadership, personal growth, sports,...
Today medical scans produce thousands of images and terabytes of data for a single patient in mere seconds, but how do doctors parse this information and determine what's useful? At TEDxGöteborg, scientific visualization expert Anders Ynnerman shows us sophisticated new tools -- like virtual autopsies -- for analyzing this myriad data, and a glimpse at some sci-fi-sounding medical technologies in development. This talk contains some graphic medical imagery. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxGöteborg 2010, TED, Talks, data, health, medicine, science, technology,...
Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of "When China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London 2010, TED, Talks, business, china, culture, economics, global issues, 2010
After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate change. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, adventure, climate change, global issues, heroism, science, sports,...
In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Islam, art, culture, peace, third world, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, novel, politics, storytelling, women, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, psychology, social change, society,...
Caroline Phillips cranks out tunes on a seldom-heard folk instrument: the hurdy-gurdy, a.k.a. the wheel fiddle. A searching, Basque melody follows her fun lesson on its unique anatomy and 1,000-year history. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, history, music, performance, singer, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health -- even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, design, music, nature, psychology, science, 2010
Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, climate change, environment, global issues, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, curiosity, economics, global issues, innovation, physics, science, space,...
On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, Internet, comedy, gaming, humanity, humor, music, play,...
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, personal growth, self, storytelling, success, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, green, poverty, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, book, business, consumerism, design, engineering, food,...